Training Journalists: Ebola & Pandemic Influenza



The Training of Trainers (ToT) workshops in French and English on Ebola & Pandemic Influenza will bring together 48 journalists from Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Jordan amongst other places.

The workshops aim to create a pool of local trainers by focusing on the competency of journalists in public health emergencies reporting. They in turn, become the primary knowledge sharers with their colleagues back home.

The first workshop is in French and will be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast (9-10 September). It is followed by a workshop in English in Nairobi, Kenya (14-15 September). A third workshop will be organized later this year in Arabic.

These workshops are organized in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) organized are part of the WFSJ’s efforts to help build a professional network of local trainers in Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean region. WFSJ is planning to organize follow-up projects that will nurture this network of local trainers in the coming years.


A communications and training-for-trainers program for mainstream journalists that seeks to enhance the use of credible science and health information, both during a crisis and in a post-crisis period.

Three short-term workshops in Kenya, Egypt and the Ivory Coast, will offer journalists a training of trainers module and a basic health and science “101” reporting toolbox tailored to reporting Ebola and influenza pandemics.

An online training course in English, French and Arabic will be developed and supplemented by a trainers handbook.

This training program will:

  • ­ Strengthen the journalist community by fostering exchanges of expertise among countries and regions
  • ­ Increase accessibility and uptake of health knowledge and evidence
  • ­ Provide practical informational tools and mentoring to journalists
  • ­ Improve monitoring of emerging health issues in the different regions
  • ­ Link local journalists to the wider international science-health journalism community.


Yoon Kim
Project Manager

Phone    +1 514 508 2777


 The World Health Organization (WHO) and the WFSJ member associations